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The Book of Psalms

Psalm 89

Domine, refugium.

A prayer for the mercy of God: recounting the shortness and miseries of the days of man.


1
A prayer of Moses the man of God. Lord, thou hast been our refuge from generation to generation.

2
Before the mountains were made, or the earth and the world was formed; from eternity and to eternity thou art God.

3
Turn not man away to be brought low: and thou hast said: Be converted, O ye sons of men.

4
For a thousand years in thy sight are as yesterday, which is past. And as a watch in the night,

5
Things that are counted nothing, shall their years be.

6
In the morning man shall grow up like grass; in the morning he shall flourish and pass away: in the evening he shall fall, grow dry, and wither.

7
For in thy wrath we have fainted away: and are troubled in thy indignation.

8
Thou hast set our iniquities before thy eyes: our life in the light of thy countenance.

9
For all our days are spent; and in thy wrath we have fainted away. Our years shall be considered as a spider:

10
The days of our years in them are threescore and ten years. But if in the strong they be fourscore years: and what is more of them is labour and sorrow. For mildness is come upon us: and we shall be corrected.

11
Who knoweth the power of thy anger, and for thy fear

12
Can number thy wrath? So make thy right hand known: and men learned in heart, in wisdom.

13
Return, O Lord, how long? and be entreated in favour of thy servants.

14
We are filled in the morning with thy mercy: and we have rejoiced, and are delighted all our days.

15
We have rejoiced for the days in which thou hast humbled us: for the years in which we have seen evils.

16
Look upon thy servants and upon their works: and direct their children.

17
And let the brightness of the Lord our God be upon us: and direct thou the works of our hands over us; yea, the work of our hands do thou direct.

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